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The timing of events is very important in Act III Iago anticipates and manipulates the other characters so skilfully that they seem to be acting simultaneously of their own free will and as Iagos puppets For example it takes only the slightest prompting on Iagos part to put Othello into the proper frame of mind to be consumed by jealousy Iago exploits Cassios discomfort upon seeing Othello by interpreting it as a sign of guilt Cassio my lord No sure I cannot think it That he would steal away so guilty-like Seeing you coming Iagos interpretation of Cassios exit combined with Desdemonas vigorous support on Cassios behalf creates suspicion in Othellos mind even before Iago prompts him Othello manifests his confusion about his wife by telling her that he wishes to be left alone and by rejecting her offer of help when he tells her that he feels unwell Your napkin is too little Let it alone When Desdemona advocates on Cassios behalf she initiates the first real conversation she has had with her husband throughout the play She also displays her strong generous and independent personality In addition to his burgeoning suspicion Othellos moodiness may also result from his dislike of Desdemona herself Only once Desdemona has left does Othello recover somewhat Excellent wretch he says affectionately Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee and when I love thee not Chaos is come again Othello seems far more comfortable expressing his love for Desdemona when she is absent Perhaps this is because her presence makes him conscious of her claim upon him and of his obligation to honour her requests or perhaps
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